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Kristina Stern SC

Kristina Stern SC has a broad based practice including commercial/contract disputes, mining dispute and regulation, environmental law, arbitration, public/administrative law, taxation, telecommunications disputes and advisory work (including commercial and regulation), freedom of information (FOI), regulatory proceedings, human rights/discrimination, health care and pharmaceuticals and professional negligence. She has extensive experience in a range of private and public law litigation and disciplinary prosecutions.

She regularly acts in freedom of information cases.

Kristina has represented a range of public bodies including the Attorney-General, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Commissioner of Taxation, the ATO, ASIC, ACMA, the Department of Defence, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Innovation Australia, the Minister for Mining, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and the Director-General of Security.

She has appeared in a number of arbitrations, including ICC and domestic arbitrations.

She regularly appears in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, including in relation to financial services, director's responsibilities and professions.

She is involved in public inquiries, including acting as junior counsel to Jonathan Sumption QC (as he then was) for the UK government in the Hutton Inquiry. She is regularly instructed as counsel assisting in coronial inquests and fire inquiries.

Kristina has appeared in the High Court of Australia on six occasions and in the House of Lords on six occasions.

She has written and lectured extensively on all areas of public law and professional negligence. She is published in the Modern Law Review, LQR, Australian Bar Review and AIAL Forum and is contributing author to Key Issues in Judicial Review (2013, Federation Press). Until 2006, she was contributing editor to Bullen & Leake's Precedents and Pleadings.